WRJ Design is offering some interior design inspiration in the form of a coffee-table book.
“Natural Elegance: Luxurious Mountain Living,” which will be on sale during the Fall Arts Festival, features 12 projects handled by WRJ over the years in various locales.
“It’s a reflection of the work we’ve done as well as our point of view,” founder Rush Jenkins said.
The 256-page book spotlights projects from coast to coast, including several Jackson homes, all photographed by William Abranowicz. It highlights the variety of the work WRJ does as well as the consistent themes and philosophy that fuel every design.
Jenkins said it was hard to choose what to include in the book and what to exclude.
“We truly put our heart and soul into each project and are very lucky, in my opinion, that we’ve become very close and dear friends with most of our clients,” he said. “To have to choose who might not make it in was not easy.”
While many associate WRJ with Jackson and modern Western style, Jenkins said the style of interior design is much more than that. It’s a philosophy built on striving to achieve harmony with nature.
“It’s hard not to be inspired by these incredible surroundings, from the mountain peaks to the valleys, and I think, for us as human beings, when we are connected to nature we’re more centered in our lives,” Jenkins said. “The harmony that can happen between the environments we live in — from interiors to our homes to our gardens and beyond.”
The work is not only inspired by natural surroundings but in conversation with it, as co-founder Klaus Baer put it.
“Our interiors are infused with that vernacular and landscape,” Baer said. “We try to have a unique elegance that combines the wilderness with sophisticated interior design.”
Though WRJ sits with the Tetons in the distance, the inspiration is often worldly. Jenkins said some clients collect art or furniture or linens from all over the world, and the key to success is combining all of them in a way that feels elegant, modern and natural.
“There’s this connection to nature you see regardless of where you are in the world, and we try to bring that forward in our design,” he said.
WRJ also functions as a gallery, representing painters, sculptors and photographers the firm believes match its aesthetic. Artists include Julie Chapman, Taylor Glenn, Craig Spankie, Ashley Tudor, Ed Riddell, Lee Riddell, Heidi Jung and Tim Rein.
“The harmony of all of those art forms together is what’s important to create a successful project,” Jenkins said. “It’s important that the homes have an expression of that on the walls. Art is very personal, and the artists we represent, they represent that sort of natural elegance that we are always striving for in our interiors.”
During Friday’s Palates and Palettes Gallery Walk visitors can see WRJ’s aesthetic in action at the showroom, including works by represented artists and copies of “Natural Elegance.” In addition, WRJ will have a booth and full model room at the Western Design Conference. ￼